Im seeing a gynie specialist regarding hysterectomy. I am 43 with 2 children and don`t want any more. Could anyone recommend pros n cons and if they have had the op? Thanks. x

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Terri - posted on 12/25/2011

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Hi I'm 44 my youngest is 9 I was sterilised when he was three months he was the youngest of six I wasn't sure of ever not wanting anymore children so my tubes have been clamped also by keyhole surgery I have not had any problems what so ever it's less drastic but it's been a positive move for me hope this helps

Michelle - posted on 12/22/2011

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I was 38 when I had my Hysterectomy. I had to get it done by a private Doctor because the public system wouldn't let me. In my case I had Endometerosis which caused great pain. I was lucky that I had it done when I did as the Endometerosis was travelling down towards my bowels which can be life threatening. I have one ovary intact to continue making hormones because with endometerosis using HRT can make the condition worse. They use a laporoscopy snip the womb away at the top then pull it out through your vagina. you only have about 3 small cuts in your belly and it only takes 6 weeks to recover

Kathy - posted on 12/14/2011

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Your post doesn't say if your hysterectomy will take your ovaries as well. I was 44 when I had a complete hysterectomy. I believe the sudden loss of the hormones produced by my ovaries triggered my glandular system to be imbalanced. In a gallant effort to regain balance other glands in my body were overstimulated. As a result I now have chronic thyroid disease and have type 2 diabetes. The onset of both of these conditions came very soon after my hysterectomy. I thought with my hysterectomy I would feel better but as it turned out I have more extreme symptoms now than before. I have gained weight that is near impossible to lose and keep off, chronic fatigue, and very low stamina.
If you have to have the surgery consider leaving the ovaries.

Shelly - posted on 12/02/2011

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They won't give you a hysterectomy unless there is a genuine health issue requiring one. I am 48 nearly and have genuine health issues and trust me it is one of the hardest things for a woman to get. they will do anything to avoid it.
Just get your tubes cut and clamped.

DAWN - posted on 11/13/2011

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Hi Wendy. Apolagies n had a blonde moment on facebook, will add yoy. Again thank u for your advice. II live near stratford upon avon. Uk. X

Wendy - posted on 11/13/2011

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They did it thru Laparoscopy! My Dr. is FABULOUS!!!! Went to Monmouth Medical in Long Branch, NJ and was there for the day, home that night! I had 2 previous C-sections too. If you are local, I will give you his name...he has 2 offices...one in Colts Neck and the other in Lakewood. My sister-in-law had it done 2 months b4 me and recommended him...we are both VERY happy now! :-)

DAWN - posted on 11/13/2011

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Thank you Wendy. Thats encouraging. I have fibroids too. How did they do the surgery? I had teo c sections and initially they said would just cut that area sgsin and it would take 6 wks recovery! Which hospital did you have it done?

Wendy - posted on 11/12/2011

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I'm 48 and I have 2 boys...14 and 12.

I had a partial hysterectomy in March...no more periods and cannot get pregnant. Removed ONLY the uterus, fibroids, cyst and scar tissue...still have cervix and ovaries, so I won't go into early menopause. I was feeling pretty good in just a couple of days and back to work in 5 days :-)

Nancy - posted on 11/11/2011

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Ask the Doctor what part affects your bone loss. The uterus or the eggs. You will may need to take supplements. Calcium with Vit D are better than the bone loss pills. Really who would not like a ride on the no period train.

Louise - posted on 11/10/2011

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My mother in law had this done at the age of 75 and she was back on her feet within 2 days although with strict instructions not to lift anything for at least 6 weeks. I think if you do not have small children and you need it done then there is no reason not to. If you do have children that need carrying around then this is not for you. It is a major op.

Michelle - posted on 11/07/2011

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I'm 42 with 3 children and I definately don't want anymore. However, I can't be off my feet for long enough to recover from such an op as my youngest is still just a baby. However, what I am hoping to do is get sterilised. I believe this is available with keyhole surgery now. Admittedly it's not as definatate as a hysterectomy as there is still a chance of the eggs slipping through (between 1 in 200 and 1 in 500 apparently) but I feel it is certainly better than any type of contraception you can get nowadays. Just something to think about anyway x

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